I had been following Adam Chuck on Instagram for some time when I found myself at Hôtel Gaythering's Art Gaysel. I fell in love with the intimate feel of his paintings on mylar. Adam interprets the images one is so familiar with on the phones we hold in our hands into fine art.
Adam Chuck is a Cleveland native, now living and making work in Brooklyn, New York. He works primarily in oil paint on mylar. His works are figurative and abstract, taking found photos, curated by amateur photographers and bloggers for the internet and re-presents the imagery to a more formal audience. By rendering them in paint at an intimate scale, Adam takes these explicit moments and presents them like specimens or a small photo like a Polaroid, examining the way many humans present themselves on the internet. The final product is an intimate twist of classic expressionism and contemporary self portraiture. The source images have already been well curated for the internet or perhaps lovers, but have all made it to the public realm of the world wide web. The works function together similar to a newsfeed on a social media site, and on their own are vignettes of different human experiences and stories woven together.
Chuck graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art in spring of 2012 with a BFA in drawing. He has since exhibited work solo at the Institute and through Maria Neil Art Project in Cleveland's Waterloo neighborhood. He has been in several group exhibitions in Cleveland and abroad including Bazaarbeque at Forum Artspace in Cleveland, The Cozy Up Collective group show in Waterloo, Hold the Wall at the Galleries at Cleveland State University, Luke Austin's Double Vision at The High Line Loft in Manhattan, Patriartsy with Con Artist Collective in the Lower East Side, New York, and Please Disturb with Less Is More Projects, Paris, France.